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Wake up you prescribing experts

The news story headlined 'Anger as nurses set to prescribe NSAID' (March 10) highlights one of the many problems general practice has. We are still ruled by so-called prescribing experts who live in the Iron Age.

We are constantly trying to go backwards rather than accepting that we have to change and delegate some of our work to our nurses. Here we have practice nurses and district nurses with years of experience, fully qualified, fully up to date, and 'prescribing experts' are saying No to something I think is a positive move towards allowing nurses to take a far more proactive role in general practice.

To all of you 'experts', wake up, get out of your cocoon and move forward ­ general practice is changing, so should you.

Dr Luis Castilla, Portsmouth

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